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Josef Strnact

Josef Strnact Junior founded in 1881 a terracotta, majolica and faience factory in Turn-Teplitz.
From 1902, he creates a subsidiary in Geisingen called "Strnact Junior".
He then purchases the ceramic factory "Anton Heller" in Turn-Teplitz.
In 1910 it employed 300 workers.
In 1934 it was repurchased by Mr. Elly Schubert and Josef Pachmann.

Josef Strnact has produced:

  • faience and majolica: vases, pieces for the garden, flowerpots, pillars, umbrella stands, tobacco jars, clock cases (mantel clocks)
  • weaved and open worked stoneware : baskets, flower receptacles
  • terra-cotta wall-pictures, majolica-letters (patented).

Source : Dieter Zuehlsdorff: Keramik-Marken Lexikon ISBN: 3-925369-40-6
Full text in German - Stamp used from before 1900 to 1933

Turn-Teplitz is located about 50 km south of Dresden.
It was then in Austria, but is now part of Czechoslovakia and called Teplice-Trnovany.
In the Austrian days, Turn-Teplitz was the home of a few famous ceramic factories such as AMPHORA.


We have four Josef Strnact ceramic clocks.
They all have a similar "JS" marking, stamped (with "made in Austria") or embossed.
From their style, they seem to be from from the early twentieth century.

Each clock has a model number, ranging from 1145 (oldest) to 1598;
it is embossed below the clock or on its back.



js_1143 js_1180 js_1501 js_1598


We are very interested in any additional information that you could provide us on these faience clocks and the Josef Strnact manufacture,

  • When exactly were these art deco clocks produced ?
  • For which markets were they targeted ?
  • Did Josef Strnact produce some other clock models ? How many ? When ? Which numbers ?
  • Is the factory still running ? If yes, how is it called ? How big is it ?
    If not, when and why did it close ?
  • ...

We would be really grateful if you could send more information to our curator
We will add it ASAP into this page.
Thank you very much. 

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